As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes - 8ish/10. Because I grew up in the 1980s and I have a soul, The Princess Bride holds a special place in my heart. I fell in love with Princess Buttercup along with everyone else, adored the silly but still very adept fight scenes between the Dread Pirate Roberts and Inigo Montoya, and, well, like pretty much everyone my age I could probably quote the entire damn movie by heart if you gave me a bit of a head start. As a "tell all" type of book, this really doesn't reveal anything particularly new and exciting about the making, with the possible exception that it sat in script hell for a decade and a half (at one point Truffaut was even attached to it) before Rob Reiner finally managed to make a movie out of it. Otherwise... Andre the Giant was a prodigious drinker and eater (which I think everyone knew already), the role of Vizzini was originally intended for Danny DeVito (which, even given Wallace Shawn's memorable performance, totally makes sense, doesn't it?), apparently Elwes broke his toe in the middle of filming... it's *fun* and if you love Princess Bride this is if nothing else a good excuse to relive your enjoyment of it, but at the end of the day you're
Bossypants by Tina Fey, 7ish/10. I actually bought and read this a couple years ago but decided to re-read it because... let's just say that I am a member of a certain cult that she is affiliated with. Unfortunately there's just not a lot about said cult in the book (she does call it a cult! Only semi-jokingly!) and while she's very funny the book is already pretty dated. At the time it came out she was known primarily as the woman who was on Weekend Update and then impersonated Sarah Palin. She *was* doing 30 Rock at the time and there's even a couple of amusing anecdotes in there about Donald Glover, but this is waaaaaaaaaay before Kimmy Schmidt or the last couple of years of her sitcom that really cemented its place as a critic's choice that mass audiences never quite "got". I hope she writes another autobiography in a couple more years.